City of Guntersville

 - Alabama's Lake City -

From water resources, to excellent housing values and water front access around every corner, Guntersville is sure to make positive experiences in this unique lake city. Guntersville offers an extraordinary range of activities and culture. Guntersville is rich with Native American and Civil War History. Visit the museum for a peek into the past through artifacts and exhibits. Also located in Guntersville is a Public Library, The Whole Backstage, and our very own Airport. The Public Library offers a variety of options from modern electronic media to foreign documents. The Whole Backstage is a regional theater organization. It's been operational for 30 years and involves the community in it's performing arts when at all possible.

The Airport

The Guntersville Municipal Airport – Joe Starnes Field (8A1) is located just 3 miles north of the City of Guntersville just off Highway 431 at 405 Buck Island Road. The airport has a paved 5,005 runway, with GPS RNAV approaches to both runways (7/25), as well as a 5500′ x 200′ Seaplane runway and Dock Area (6W/24W) located just north of the airport. The airport office is located at the north east corner “T” hangars located on the eastern side of the airport. The airport also operates the “William (Bill) Greenhaw Aviation Center” located next to the Homer B. Wilson Aircraft Museum on Highway 431 just 1 mile north of the Mapco Gas Station (or on the southwest side of the airport). EAA Chapter 683 (Experimental Aircraft Association) & the CAP (Civil Air Patrol) meet in the Aviation Center regularly and the Aviation Center is the home of the very popular “2nd Saturday” EAA 683 Breakfast where our local youth and support groups serve the best pancakes in town.

The Museum

Welcome to the Guntersville Museum located in the historic rock Armory. With its location at the southernmost point of the Tennessee River, Lake Guntersville provides a unique vantage point on history and the culture of the region. As a living repository, the Museum offers visitors a chance to explore everything from Native American artifacts to interesting local personalities.

Parks & Recreation

The Park and Recreation Department strives to provide quality programs, services, and facilities for the public. It is our goal to offer something for every citizen of Guntersville and to reach out to people of all ages groups, interests, and physical ability with rewarding recreation opportunities.

 The city of Guntersville has approximately six miles of shoreline that encompasses 175 acres of park land. The Guntersville Recreation Center includes a three pool complex, lighted tennis courts, baseball-softball fields, year-round gym, and meeting rooms. Full recreation programs for youth include baseball, swim team, and basketball. Guntersville also boasts four private campgrounds and three public golf courses.

Special Note:

The Recreation Center installed a hydraulic lift that can be used with or without help with just a flip of the lever. This lift is intended for anyone physically challenged to have easy access into and out of the pool.

Public Library

Guntersville Library is a unique small town library in that it serves a very diverse public.

  • Over 47,000 Books, Tapes, CDs, DVDs, and Videos

  • Genealogy Room

  • Photocopier

  • Microfilm Reader Printer

  • Internet Access

  • Children’s Computers and Educational CDs

  • Interlibrary Loan

  • 2,400 Square Foot Meeting Room

  • Summer Reading Program

  • Wheelchair for Patrons

  • Weekly Pre-School Story Hour

  • Advertiser Gleam Microfilm Newspapers 1880 – Current

  • Foreign Film Series

  • Marshall County Census Records

Senior Center

The Guntersville Senior Center is a lakeside multipurpose center opened Monday through Friday with programs available for the seniors of our community. A variety of educational, recreational and arts and crafts activities are offered on a weekly basis. Health screenings are offered periodically, and variety of social functions are offered throughout the year. Transportation is provided to and from the Senior Center on request. The Center is located at 1503 Sunset Drive. Please call 256-505-3000 for more information.